📒 On the same date of his birthday September 28th 1796 Years later September 28th 1829 – New Afrikan Freedom Fighter, Abolitionist, Writer-Author-Orator David Walker in Massachusetts wrote his fiery tract The Appeal. Its eloquence and uncompromising defiance was a source of great inspiration to African people, free and slave, as well as cause for alarm for Southern slave owners and many Northern abolitionists who favored more gradual change.

In his Appeal Walker implored the black community to take action against slavery and discrimination. “What gives unity to Walker’s polemic,” historian Paul Goodman has argued, “is the argument for racial equality and the active part to be taken by black people in achieving it, “America,” Walker argued, “is more our country, than it is the whites — we have enriched it with our blood and tears.”

Various southern governmental bodies, meanwhile, labeled the Appeal seditious and imposed harsh penalties on those who circulated it. Despite such efforts, Walker’s pamphlet was widespread by early 1830. Having failed to contain the Appeal, southern officials criticized both the pamphlet and its author. Newspapers like the Richmond Enquirer of Virginia railed against what it called Walker’s “monstrous slander” of the region. Outrage over the Appeal even led Georgia to announce an award of $10,000 to anyone who could hand over Walker alive, and $1,000 to anyone who would murder him.

The Nat Turner Rebellion of August 1831 “overshadowed” the concern about Walker’s Appeal. In addition, it did not gain the favor of “most Abolitionists or free blacks” because of its extreme viewpoints. #DavidWalker #Appeal

Haki Kweli Shakur 9-28-51ADM August Third Collective NAPLA NAIM

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